ABOUT ME //

"A DESIGNER IS A PLANNER WITH AN AESTHETIC SENSE." — BRUNO MUNARI

I am

A GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Hello there all! My name is Chris and lets take a walk on the creative wild side! If you have a project that requires special attention to detail, needs to make an impact that metaphorically slaps people in the face or you just want to make a great impression then I’m your designer! Contact me today to set up an interview. I double-dog dare you!

WORK EXPERIENCE

Graphic Design Specialist

Guaranteed Rate Inc., Chicago, IL         

  • Introduced fresh, innovative ideas & design applications to help increase usability & productivity

  • Designed editable PDF checklists in Adobe InDesign & Acrobat using paragraph & other style sheets

  • Designed internal logos, icons and vector graphics in Illustrator


  • Created impactful PowerPoint’s and animations

  • Adhered to brand standards throughout all design & creative aspects

  • Created infographics for different mortgage processes to make the process clear and entertaining

  • Designed reference guides to map out detailed instructions for complicated mortgage processes

  • Organized, designed and executed an HTML email campaign for the Training Department classes

  •  Edited and created motion graphics for training videos in PremierePro, Audition and Media Encoder

  • Organized and executed the folding saving structure for all Graphic Designers to share on transfersafe

  • Collaborated with different departments to complete design requests as quickly as possible

  • Managed multiple projects in a fast-paced environment

Designer/Lead Retail Clerk

International Academy of Design, Chicago, IL

  • Concept development of print-related internal marketing

  • Execution of internal print related marketing using Adobe Creative Suite

  • Visual merchandising in the window display & in the store for the target audience

  • Remodeled the bookstore to maximize space & create a more hip, comfortable atmosphere

  • Checked received shipments for accuracy

 

Graphic Design Intern

Bodhi Spiritual Center, Chicago, IL

  • Create weekly & monthly brochures & flyers utilizing Adobe InDesign, Illustrator & Photoshop

  • Maintain & support a consistent brand identity

  • Take design instruction & incorporate with creative expression

  • Work independently on assignments

  • Update & organize website through a content management system

Accomplishments & Volunteer Work

  • AIGA Chicago Snapshot book, Summer 2012

  • Showcased at the One Club 18th Annual Student Exhibition in New York, Spring 2012

  • DC Comics Design Challenge Semi-Finalist, Winter 2009

 

  • Packer – Cradel to Crayons, August 2017

  • Muralist/Painter – Sox Volunteer Corps, July 2017

  • Logo Designer – Run For Veterans, August 2013

Personal Interests

  • Drawing – sketching out rough design layouts & ideas

  • Printing processes – screen printing & letterpress

  • Writing – fictional stories, poetry & memoirs

  • Construction – building houses, bean bag sets, cabinets & shelves

EDUCATION

International Academy of Design & Technology, Chicago, IL
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual
Communications–Advertising Design

SKILLS

• Proficient in Adobe Illustrator, InDesign & Photoshop;Microsoft Office Word, Excel, & PowerPoint
• Basic knowledge in web coding and HTML
• High level of craftsmanship and attention to detail
• Creative and versatile designer with the ability to adapt in any given situation
• Experience with print media including brochures, signage, posters, brand identity and advertising
• Equally effective working independently & in cooperation with others
• Strong concept development with the ability to discuss ideas and present design solutions
• Social media savvy
• 10+ years of excellent customer service skills